Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Several stunning spots to visit in one of our favorite cities

From the tight medieval alleys of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter to Eixample’s carefully planned, uniquely shaped octangular blocks (the cut-off corners transform every intersection into more open plazas), Barcelona bursts with history, spirit, and inspiration—it’s a city that renders even the most fervent minimalist design lovers speechless and transforms them into romantics, with a little help from Gaudí and friends. In between the voluptuous, biomorphic, elaborate, …

Gloriously Designed Sir Victor Hotel, Barcelona

Thoughtful and sophisticated, this 91-room property offers much more than a rooftop pool

In the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona, those who take the elevator to the terrace of Sir Victor hotel are rewarded beyond a rooftop pool: views of Antoni Gaudi’s undulating Casa Milà and its stairwell covers, chimneys, and ventilation towers disguised as surrealist totems. And if you crane your neck, glimpses of Casa Terrades (nicknamed the House of Spikes) and the never-ending construction of La Sagrada …

Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Some of our favorite spots in the Catalan city by the beach

A city on the beach, Barcelona is a buzzing metropolis, surf town, creative hub and everything between. From El Raval to Gràcia to the gothic quarter and beyond, each neighborhood offers something special. Beyond visiting icons like Gaudí’s Park Güell (we recommend buying tickets ahead of time and going at dusk) and La Sagrada Familia, there’s a lot going on in this vibrant city. From tapas …